The aim of the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum was to build a replica of the original Murphy Family Home within the Orchard Heritage Park site. Martin Murphy crossed the plains in 1844 to come to California and his party was the first to cross the Sierra Mountains using a covered wagon. Martin Murphy, Jr. settled in Sunnyvale. He had his home milled in Bangor, Maine, and shipped around the Horn to Sunnyvale in 1850. The house was the first frame house in the city and the Murphy Family lived in it until they donated it to the City of Sunnyvale in 1950. However in 1961 it was demolished due to a fire. Martin Murphy, Jr. founded Sunnyvale and brought the railroad through his property. He helped found Santa Clara College. The Murphy Family also founded four other cities in California and the family was the most prominent in the Santa Clara Valley. The Sunnyvale Historical Society has recreated the historical house as a museum.